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Rowan Co. Deputies: 15-year-old missing since 2011

Updated: 11:02 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 | Posted: 4:53 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. —Erica Parsons is a 15-year-old from Rowan County; she was adopted as a baby.

On Monday night, her grandparents said that no one has seen her since 2011 -- yet she is just now being reported as missing. They told Eyewitness News they thought she was visiting other family.

Erica Parson's grandparents told Eyewitness News they've been asking their son or daughter where the teenager was, but they just learned two weeks ago that Parsons was missing.

It has been two years, and according to deputies, no one has seen or heard from 15-year-old Parsons.
Candlelight Vigil Planned Tonight For Missing Teen, Erica Parsons
Crime in Charlotte
August 23, 2013

A candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. this evening for Erica. The vigil is at 218 Miller Chapel Road in Salisbury.
Sandy Parsons was “strongly deceptive” to questions on “Dr. Phil” about whether he deliberately caused Erica’s disappearance, a polygraph expert said on the show
Adoptive Parents Of Missing Teen Appear In Court
Crime in Charlotte
August 22, 2013

SALISBURY, N.C. – The parents of Erica Parsons appeared in court on Thursday for a custody hearing of their other children.
Casey and Sandy Parsons arrived the Rowan County courthouse just before 8:30 a.m. after being issued a juvenile summons last week.
Adoptive mom to Dr. Phil: Erica Parsons is alive
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Bill Arthur
Charlotte Observer
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

“Erica is not missing. Erica is with her grandmother,” Casey Parsons said on the “Dr. Phil” show on Tuesday. “This would all be over if … Erica would just pick the phone up and call.”
On the show, Casey Parsons and her husband, Sandy, said they dropped their daughter off with her biological grandmother, whom they identified as Irene Goodman or “Nan.”​
Wall with red stains checked for blood at missing NC teen's home; stained flooring also tested
Published August 15, 2013
Associated Press
SALISBURY, N.C. – Search warrants issued in the disappearance of a North Carolina teenager said investigators seized stained flooring and baseboard's from the girl's home and were checking red-stained drywall for blood, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Investigators also found a book about the disappearance of JonBenet Ramsey and plastic bag with magazines about the 6-year-old...
Erica Lynn Parsons missing: Rowan County teen last seen 2 years ago
Deputies: Parents not fully cooperating; information 'not factual'
UPDATED 5:21 PM EDT Aug 07, 2013

SALISBURY, N.C. —A Rowan County brother reported his 15-year-old sibling missing after not seeing her for nearly two years, deputies said. Her parents aren't fully cooperating with the investigation, deputies said.
Police call missing girl’s parents uncooperative
by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte Posted on August 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Updated Thursday, Aug 8 at 4:36 AM
[Parsons' attorney] Sherrill says the parents stopped talking to investigators when the line of questioning became accusatory. Nobody has been arrested or charged in Erica's disappearance.

"They were insinuating they had something to do with what happened to Erica," Sherrill said.
More confusion surrounds case of missing teen
by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte Posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM
Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:00 PM
"They found the phone number was disconnected," Sherrill said.Sherrill says after a while the family tried to contact the person with whom Erica left. They aren't sure who that person was.
Adoptive parents say they think missing Salisbury teen is OK
Posted on: 1:25 pm, August 10, 2013, by Web Staff, updated on: 09:07am, August 11, 2013
Casey Stone Parsons and Sandy Parsons spoke with various news agencies earlier this week, after their now 15-year-old adopted daughter Erica Parsons was reported missing.
Casey and Sandy Parsons told WBTV they didn’t do anything wrong. They said Erica went for a three-week Christmas visit with her grandmother, Irene Goodman, in 2011 and they believed she would be fine.
They said Erica called two months later to say she was wasn’t coming back – and they accepted it. However, WSOC reported that no relatives of the teen could be found in Asheville.
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2-Year Delay Before Adopted Teen Was Reported Missing
Aug. 7, 2013
By ALYSSA NEWCOMB Alyssa Newcomb - Digital Reporter

The last known sighting of Erica was in November 2011 at her family's home in Salisbury, N.C., according to Sifford.

It was around that time that Erica's birth mother contacted her adoptive parents, Casey and Sandy Parsons, and said she wanted Erica to come and stay with her and some relatives of Erica's birth father for a while, Sherrill told
continued with video at the link

Search Underway At Home Of Missing Rowan Co. Teen
Crime in Charlotte
August 14, 2013
The parents claim Erica left home with a friend or relative of a biological parent and planned to stay with them in the mountains near Asheville in November, 2011.
Family attorney Carlyle Sherrill says after a while the family tried to contact the person with whom Erica left. They aren’t sure who that person was.
“They found the phone number was disconnected,” Sherrill said.
Adoptive Mother Of Missing Teen Hospitalized
Crime in Charlotte
August 15, 2013
It’s unclear what led to her being admitted to the hospital. She has been hospitalized numerous times in the past for complications from stomach surgery.
Authorities search home of missing Rowan Co. teen
by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte
Posted on August 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 5:01 PM
Investigators from the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, State Bureau of Investigation and FBI swarmed the house on Miller Chapel Road Wednesday morning and spent the day there.
How Erica could disappear and no one notice
Charlotte Observer
By Michael Gordon, Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Lindsay Ruebens
Sunday, August 18, 2013
No favorite teacher intervened because Erica was home-schooled. No Facebook friend grew suspicious because Erica, at times reclusive, didn’t have an account.

Erica was born Feb. 24, 1998, “a happy baby,” says Crystal Owensby, who was being raised by Erica’s biological mother, Carolyn Parsons. Owensby, 25, says Carolyn didn’t have the money to keep Erica, but was never at peace about giving her up. Now, with Erica missing, she’s heartbroken about the decision.

“It bothered her every day,” Owensby said. “She feels maybe if she had kept her, this would’ve never happened. She blames herself.”
On her Facebook page, Carolyn Parsons wrote: “I nor her dad have no clue where she is and we love her and want to find her and know she is safe.”
much more at the link

Computer-generated image shows what Erica Parsons may look like
Salisbury Post
Shavonne Potts
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:39 a.m.
Investigators released a computer-generated photo of Erica Parsons that shows what the 15 -year-old girl may look like.

The Parsonses insist they left Erica in the care of Irene “Nan” Goodman, her biological grandmother. Law enforcement investigators have not been able to verify that, and neither has Dr. Phil. He said his staff found 13 Irene Goodmans nationwide, seven of whom are alive. Those women said they had nothing to do with the case, he said.
continued with video at the link

Dr Phil part two: Lie detector test results on show not good for Erica’s adoptive father
Salisbury Post
Shavonne Potts
UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:54 a.m.
A polygraph expert says Sandy Parsons, the adoptive father of missing teen Erica Parsons, was “strongly deceptive” in a lie detector test he took during a taping of the “Dr. Phil” show that aired Wednesday.
Casey Parsons did not take a lie detector test in the taped segment shown Wednesday.
In the latter half of the program Wednesday, the talk show host featured the mother of a child Casey Parsons carried as a surrogate. She claims the Parsonses tried to keep the child and sell it to someone else.
Dr. Phil disguised the woman, but the Post has a copy of the 2002 court agreement between the Parsonses and the parents, Vern and Amy Miller of LaPeer, Mich.
continued with video at the link

Nancy Grace Transcripts, Thursday, August 22, 2013
Biological mother of Erica Parsons speaks at vigil
Video at the link

* Interview with Carolyn Parsons, Erica's biological mother and members of Erica's biological father's family. According to them, Erica does not have a grandmother named "Nan", and they showed a picture of her actual biological paternal grandmother.

Billboards planned for missing Rowan teen Erica Parsons
Posted: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, FBI Charlotte and the State Bureau of Investigation are launching a new effort to gain publicity for missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons.
Missing girl's disappearance driving wedge between family members
RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte
Posted on August 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Updated today at 5:20 AM
In his first public comment, [Sandy Parsons' brother] Scott Parsons issued a written statement calling on his brother Sandy to come clean.

He wrote, "Sandy needs to be a man and step forward with the truth so we can locate Erica.
*Scott Parsons was the person who first reported to the police that Erica was missing. The FBI interviewed him this week.
Timeline from WSOC-TV Channel 9
Updated: 1:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 | Posted: 1:08 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013

Search warrants paint disturbing picture of Erica Parsons life
Updated: 3:27 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 | Posted: 10:18 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
WSOC-TV Channel 9

According to one of the warrants, the Parsons admitted to continuing to receive financial aid from the state after Erica was gone. Investigators also documented that when Casey Parsons was interviewed about Erica, she referred to the teen in the past tense.

The second warrant is the search warrant executed on the couple’s home Wednesday afternoon. About a dozen local, state and federal investigators searched the home on Miller Chapel Road near Salisbury. They spent more than 12 hours at the home collecting evidence, poking holes in the back yard and marking the ground with orange flags.

Search Warrants of Home and Financial pdf's attached, plus photographic list of items seized from the residence.


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WARRANT: Teeth, hammer, video found during new search in missing teen case
Posted: Aug 21, 2013 5:06 PM CST Updated: Aug 22, 2013 6:23 AM CST
By Chris Dyches
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Investigators in Rowan County have release another set of search warrants in the case of a missing Salisbury teen, who was reported missing nearly two years after she was last seen.

If you have information about Erica Lynn Parsons, you are asked to call the Rowan County Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.


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Looking for the 23 Dr. Phil Show YouTube videos from the 8/20-21/2013 shows on Erica Parsons is a pain, and takes far too much needless time. So, for your convenience, here's a concise list.

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Missing since 2011: Erica Lynn Parsons (b. 2/24/1998, Caucasian, petite, severely learning disabled) - Salisbury, NC
Reported missing: 7/30/2013
Adoptive Parents: Sandy & Casey (Stone) Parsons, 218 Miller Chapel Rd., Salisbury, NC

WSOC-TV Timeline (Charlotte):

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Dr. Phil Show Videos 8/20/2013 & 8/21/2013
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At candlelight vigil, many say they don’t believe adoptive parents’ stories about missing teen
Salisbury Post
Shavonne Potts
Posted Saturday, August 24, 2013, 1:09 A.M.
“Even my brother who sits up in that house and denies everything, he needs to come out with the truth,” Scott said.

Supporters shouted, “amen” in agreement.

“I’m not behind him. Some of my family members are, but I’m not going to be ’cause this little girl needs a voice. This community is the voice,” he said.

“He sits up in here like this. I thank y’all. Let’s run him out and I will too,” Scott said.

“Let’s drag him out,” someone shouted.

“The truth’s going to come out. Sooner or later, the truth’s going to come out,” Scott said.

Scott said he didn’t witness any abuse, but there were things he heard.
Much more at the link
Erica Parsons' biological mother explains why she gave daughter up

By Catherine Bilkey
Friday marks one month since teen Erica Parsons was reported missing and nearly two years since she disappeared.

Biological mother Carolyn Parsons spoke with Eyewitness News about why Erica was raised by a former brother-in-law and his wife.
Erica Parsons' parents finish packing Salisbury house
by TONY BURBECK & RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte Updated yesterday at 11:29 PM
SALISBURY, N.C. -- It appears the parents of missing teen Erica Parsons are now gone for good from their Salisbury home.

The last of the move happened Thursday morning.
Parsons fail in attempt to talk to investigators about Erica's disappearance
Submitted by David Whisenant
Thursday, September 12th, 2013, 4:32pm
After leaving DSS, Casey and Sandy Parsons drove to Sherrill's office. After meeting with Sherrill briefly, all three came out of the office and walked across the street to the back entrance of the Rowan County Courthouse.
"Nothing really materialized, we hoped that we could cooperate with some folks and give them some information but nothing ever materialized," Sherrill added. The attorney said that Sandy and Casey Parsons had intended to meet with investigators from the Rowan Sheriff's Office, but that the meeting didn't take place. "That's what we thought but things just didn't work out. The timing for everybody was just off," said Sherrill.
Casey, Sandy Parsons meet with DSS, attorney
Shavonne Potts
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:17 p.m.
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:41 p.m.
Carlyle Sherrill said his clients were at his office today following a meeting with Rowan DSS to talk with law enforcement...

However, the meeting did not happen because of scheduling conflicts, Sherrill said.
Parsons led through special entrance at Rowan Co. DSS for custody meeting
Posted: 11:26 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
By Kathryn Burcham
The adoptive parents of missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons are meeting with Social Services officials Thursday morning...

The meeting comes more than a month since Sadie and Tobie were removed from the Parsons' home after a missing persons report was filed for Erica.
Investigators: Tips in missing teen case have 'slowed to a crawl'
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:44 PM CST Updated: Sep 11, 2013 6:54 PM CST
By David Whisenant

Six weeks later, and there is still no sign of missing Rowan County teenager Erica Parsons...

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Erica Parsons is asked to call the Rowan Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700.
Attorney: Parsonses feel local officials are accusatory
by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte
SALISBURY, N.C. -- There are new details about what happened inside the house of missing teen Erica Parsons on the day dozens of investigators went through it with a search warrant.
Parsonses not worried about FBI lab results
by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte
Posted on September 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 6:36 PM
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Missing teen Erica Parsons' adoptive parents are not worried about the forthcoming results of FBI lab tests on items seized during two search warrants, according to family attorney Carlyle Sherrill.

The FBI says there is a rush on the evidence, and a number of different types of tests are being performed, but there’s no timetable when they will be completed.
Online messages show contradictions in story of missing teen
Posted: Sep 04, 2013 4:41 PM CST
By Chris Dyches
The conversations started in May 2010.
"I thank God everyday you gave us Erica," Casey Parsons told Carolyn. "I know that was very hard, but at that time you made the right choice. She is a beautiful young lady."
She then goes on to say that one day Erica will want to meet Carolyn. She also asks Carolyn not to tell "big Sandy" that she's giving her updates about Erica.
"It's just that big Sandy goes along with his daddy and you know how Steve feels," Casey Parsons wrote. "But it has always hurt me because I know how you felt about your kids and I know you have always loved your kids. I thank you so much Carolyn for giving me Erica!! We love her so much. I can't even think about life without her."
On January 5, 2011, conversations state that Casey, Erica and Carolyn met at a restaurant in Mooresville so Carolyn and Erica could meet for the first time in years.
Police: Foul play suspected in missing girl case
AP 10:58 a.m. EDT September 14, 2013

For their part, law enforcement authorities are starting to think Erica won't be found — at least not alive.
Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office say Erica's adoptive parents have been uncooperative and that they have uncovered disturbing signs of foul play. No charges have been filed, however.

Witnesses told police that Casey Parsons, 38, and Sandy Parsons, 39, physically abused Erica, who "consistently had bruises and bumps on her arms and legs," the investigator wrote.

But during police questioning, Casey Parsons often referred to Erica in the past tense, an investigator wrote in one of the search warrant affidavits.
"I found these statements to be inconsistent," since the family claims to have left Erica "alive, well, and happy with her biological grandmother," the investigator wrote.
Parsonses to FBI: Can we have our stuff back?
by Tony Burbeck / NBC Charlotte
Posted on September 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM Updated yesterday at 10:00 PM

That attorney, Carlyle Sherrill, says Casey and Sandy Parsons asked investigators for their kid’s electronics back, but the answer was no.

Family electronics including computers were seized from the family home for further testing during the execution of search warrant August 14th, when investigators went through the house on Miller Chapel Road for 12 hours looking for any evidence they could find into Erica's disappearance.
Adoptive parents of Erica Parsons face "legal quagmire" if they try to sell house
Posted: Sep 18, 2013 11:54 AM CST Updated: Sep 18, 2013 5:32 PM CST
By David Whisenant

But Casey Parsons that they do have the right to sell the house. In a phone conversation with WBTV's David Whisenant, Parsons said that the parents of her husband, Sandy Parsons, are forcing them out of the house.

"They're trying to be so mean," Parsons said....
Third vigil held for Erica Parsons; 'For Sale' sign at Rowan Co. home
Updated: 9:34 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 | Posted: 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
By Trish Williford

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — People in Rowan County held a third vigil for missing teen Erica Parsons, who was last seen in 2011, but only reported missing two months ago. Deputies have been working with the FBI since then, but few clues are turning up.
Biological mom of missing teen demands answers, plans rally

Police: Missing teen's bio mom plans rally, didn't apply for permit

Rowan County Sheriff's Office Releases Statement To Public About Erica Parsons Investigation

Investigators ask for patience in Erica Parsons case

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